Hipcamp host Mackenzie O.,
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Please note: There are photos included in this listing of Mill Pond, which is no longer full, and now known as Mill Creek. We will continue to keep the area as a lush riparian basin this season in a cooperative effort with the Eel River Recovery Project to keep fresh water heading downstream and back to the Eel River.

The Sawmill Cabin was a bait shop back when Mendoc


Please note: There are photos included in this listing of Mill Pond, which is no longer full, and now known as Mill Creek. We will continue to keep the area as a lush riparian basin this season in a cooperative effort with the Eel River Recovery Project to keep fresh water heading downstream and back to the Eel River.

The Sawmill Cabin was a bait shop back when Mendocino Magic was a trout farm.  Now it’s a private studio with its own deck, dock, and sunset marvel.  The house has a small kitchen (no stove, but there is an electric hotplate) as well as a full bathroom with a hot shower. The house sleeps three people comfortably – there is one queen-sized bed and one small day bed/couch.  It’s a short walk to both the Central Camper's Kitchen and the Stage.

Maximum Capacity for the Sawmill Cabin is 3 guests. You are welcome to bring additional guests – they can book a car camping site (very close to the Sawmill Cabin) or stay in the campsite area in front of the house.  It will be $30 per extra person per night upon arrival.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Mackenzie a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Natural features you'll find at Sawmill Cabin in California.

Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Brooke
Brooke M.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2021

The site is absolutely magical! Mackenzie is responsive and caring! I am glad to have had the experience of staying there and I am looking forward to more visits!

Hipcamper Monica

Beautiful nature retreat

Monica L.
recommends this listing.
March 22nd, 2021

What a beautiful place! The house was comfy, cozy, & had everything we needed. The property is absolutely gorgeous - get ready to spend a day exploring and being surrounded by. nature. Beautiful views. The sunset in Buddha Canyon in the back is to die for.

The property is about an hour and a half away from the main Mendocino area. Pretty views so it's not a problem

Hipcamper rebekah
Rebekah P.
recommends this listing.
October 28th, 2020

the pond house was very beautiful and cozy! all of the little details really helped it feel like home away from home. the property itself felt very safe and inviting. definitely considering coming back during the summer!!

Hipcamper Jake


Jake C.
recommends this listing.
August 4th, 2019

Good, enjoyed it, the host was very helpful and goes above and beyond

Hipcamper Ricardo
Ricardo E.
recommends this listing.
July 7th, 2019

The Pond House is probably one of the best spots on this huge fun property. It's not cheap but when you sit on the dock in the morning and watch the wildlife in the pond it's pretty much worth it. Keep an eye out for otters. The property has tons of hiking, and there' a huge lake about a 10-15 minute hike from the house. There's a communal cooking spot a minute's walk away. There's tons of camping spots on the property, so the Pond House isn't super secluded or anything, but it's really nice. I'd go back.

Hipcamper Jorge
Jorge R.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
October 7th, 2018

In this review, I will try to be as objective as possible as I did enjoy my stay at the Pond House but the overall experience was filled with pros and cons.

Let’s start with the Cons: I know this is a camping experience and I should see it as so but for $200 a night we did expect a bit more.
• linens seemed dirty
• bed (mattress) was super uncomfortable
(We ended sleeping on our sleeping bag on the twin size day bed)
• daybed was covered in dog hair
• hot plates did not work at first and when it turned on only one did and did not heat properly
• the soaps / shampoos provided in the shower seemed like they had not been changed in years
• there seemed to be so much random stuff just laying outside of the pond house (for example, two carts filled with rained water that appeared to have been there for some time)

*** the pond itself seemed practically empty. I understand that’s out of their hands. But a nice disclosure would be nice: something along the lines of “pond levels may vary throughout the year” or “pictures were taking during high peak season “ etc

• the property is vast and beautiful
• the reservoir is really nice and you can use their kayaks as well as swim if wanted
• plenty of hiking trails
• plenty of drinking water placed throughout the hiking trails
• the host (Mackenzie) is friendly and helpful
• the dogs are super friendly and beautiful
(One of them even followed us on a hike and seemed to be showing us around )

Once again, I know it is camping we are talking about. But for $200 a night I would expect a little more care and attention to detail.

Would I come back to this property in the future ? Yes
Would I rent the pond house again for that price ? No, I would opt for a normal campsite

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Hipcamper Sharon
Sharon A.
recommends this listing.
March 26th, 2018

Great stay at The Pond House!

Hipcamper Ksen
Ksen M.
recommends this listing.
March 12th, 2018

such a beautiful stay. clean cute space with everything you’d need. beautiful drive to fort bragg and lots of play space for our dog. wish we could have stayed longer. we will be back!

Hipcamper Alex
Alex B.
recommends this listing.
February 20th, 2018

House had everything we needed to cook on the hot plate, pond was beautiful and the hike around the reservoir to buddha canyon was great. Would highly recommend staying here!

Mendocino Magic
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